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Latin American Short Story & Poetry

This guide is suggested for students of SPA 2215 and SPA 3822.

For more resources, see the research guide for Spanish.

While researching your topic, don’t forget to take a look at the vast collection of books Falvey has to offer. 

  • You are probably accustomed to finding scholarly articles as part of a research project, but books are also a significant area of scholarly publishing. 
  • Don’t forget to hit the stacks! (Or, click through to our many online and e-books.)

 Finding Books

  Falvey Library Catalog

Suggested Library of Congress searches for books in Falvey:

Spanish American literature -- History and criticism.

Vega, Garcilaso de la, 1503-1536.

Examples of keyword searches:
hispanic* AND litera*

  Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses included from around the world.The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637, and more than 65,000 new citations are added to the database every year. Where available, PQDT provides 24 Page Previews of dissertations and theses. In addition, nearly one million are available for download in PDF format. (Digital dissertations and theses are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be Native PDF, some PDF Image).


  MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)

  Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)

  Literature Resource Center (Gale)

  Poetry Criticism (Gale)

  Short Story Criticism (Gale)


  Project Muse

The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. These essays are generally helpful startiing points and can help you in defining and focusing your topic. Essays generally include bibliographies that will lead you to further sources on your topic.

 Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Companions

  Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture

  Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

  Cambridge History of Latin American Literature

  Cambridge companion to the Latin American Novel

  Historical dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater

 Biographical Information

  Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)

  Latin American Writers

  Literature Resource Center (Gale)

  MagillOnLiterature Plus (EBSCO)

Style Guides

Most databases assist in formatting your citations dependent upon the required style for your research paper, e.g. MLA Style, Chicago, APA and Turabin.  For example, look for the "cite" button in the following databases:

   EBSCO software                                            ProQuest software
ebsco_cite.JPG                               proquest_cite.JPG


Research and Documentation Online     
This Guide, by Hacker & Fister,  reviews all the major documentation styles including citing print and electronic resources using MLA Style (Humanities).

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  7th ed.  NY:  Modern  Language Association of America, 2009.
    Reference Research Consulting Desk LB2369 .G53 2009

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sottigno Sue Ottignon
Research Support Librarian for Languages & Literatures
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 220

Susan Ottignon is the subject librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures (Department Webpage) and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Saturday, November 8th, 2014